Olimpia Carlisi

Olimpia Carlisi (born 29 December 1946) is an Italian stage, film and television actress.

Olimpia Carlisi
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Carlisi at the set of Ottone, 1970
Born (1946-12-29) 29 December 1946 (age 74)
Notable work
The Middle of the World (1974)


Carlisi was born in Campi Bisenzio, Florence, on 29 December 1946. After her debut as a stage actress, she made her film debut working with Roberto Rossellini in Atti degli apostoli (1968). She focused her career on primarily art films and stage work.[1]

She worked with Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet in Othon (1970),[1] where her work was praised by critics.[2] American director Mike Nichols cast Carlisi in the role of Luciana in his 1970 film Catch-22.[3]

Continuously active on television, Carlisi was the protagonist in 1970 of the RAI experimental drama Olimpia agli amici, directed by film critic Adriano Aprà.[1]

In 1980, she hosted an infamous edition of the Sanremo Music Festival alongside Roberto Benigni and Claudio Cecchetto.[4]

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 1975, Carlisi won a Globo d'oro for best breakthrough actress.

In 1978, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for most promising newcomer for her performance in Alain Tanner's The Middle of the World.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Enrico Lancia, Roberto Poppi. Dizionario del cinema italiano - Le Attrici. Gremese Editore, 2003. pp. 36–37. ISBN 888440214X.
  2. ^ "[W]ithin the range allowed by the direction, beautiful Olimpia Carlisi, as Camille, gave me a fuller appreciation of what ancient royalty should have been like than has any other actress I have seen in the movies." : From "Straub's 'Othon' Plumbs Love and Drive for Power", The New York Times, 14 September 1970
  3. ^ Olimpia Carlisi at IMDb
  4. ^ Eddy Anselmi (2009). Festival di Sanremo: almanacco illustrato della canzone italiana. Panini Comics. ISBN 8863462291.
  5. ^ "Prix et nominations : BAFTA Awards / Orange British Academy Film Awards 1978". Allociné. Retrieved 29 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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